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Why do kids love trucks so much, anyway?

Bruder MACK Granite Dump Truck

Just what is it about trucks and other construction equipment that makes little kids go crazy? Little boys, especially, delight in learning the names of every kind of digger, dozer, and excavator, and every day that the garbage truck shows up is a holiday. Advice columnist Kerry Kelly Novick speculates that the love of trucks is just an extension of ... Read More »

2013 in Review: 13 Products That Defined Our Year

Time flies extra-fast when you’ve got kids. One minute, they’re a helpless baby, the next minute they’re walking, and the next thing you know, they’re in kindergarten (and then, college). Whew! The same thing happens with a thriving business in a constantly-expanding industry – you have to remind yourself, sometimes, to stop and take stock. The turn of the calendar ... Read More »

Fun for the first, second, and third year: Top Ten Baby & Toddler Toys for Holiday Shopping

Compared to most gift-giving occasions, shopping for a holiday gift for a new baby can be refreshingly simple: babies don’t know what holidays are, and won’t be offended if, say, you pick out a sweater that doesn’t flatter their complexion. Their tastes are unformed, their opinions limited to “I don’t like cold / loud noise / hunger” and “I do ... Read More »

Building imagination: Our Top Ten Building Toys for this year’s holiday gifts

Chances are, you’ve already heard how essential building play is to child development, and that material is very thoroughly covered elsewhere. So we’ll keep it simple: both boys and girls reap tremendous benefits from building play. The question is, what building toys will do the best job at getting their little brains humming and their creativity moving? It’s not hard ... Read More »

Santa is back! And better than ever – with some minor changes

Here at Magic Beans, we’re constantly striving to improve our customer experience, and we won’t settle for less than the best visit with Santa Claus. So not only do we bring in the most authentic and delightful Santa Claus you’ll ever meet (which makes our Santa events extremely popular!), but we also are constantly tweaking our process to maximize the ... Read More »